Called to More @ OLA

Week of September 27, 2021

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National Truth and Reconciliation Week

This week at OLA, we will be honouring our commitment to reconciliation by observing National Truth and Reconciliation Week. From Monday to Wednesday, we have prepared learning experiences that all students will participate in that will help them understand the history of Residential Schools in a way that is appropriate for their developmental level. We will also be providing opportunities for students to celebrate Indigenous culture that has survived despite the damage done by Canada’s history. On Wednesday, we ask all students to wear their orange shirt to show their support for Every Child Matters. Teachers will also be sending a suggested activity you may like to do at home with your family on Thursday.

Saint of the Month

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Learning about our Saints

Each month we will learn about a Saint, one each month, and learn about how they were "Called to More" We will also learn how they answered this call. Learning about how the Saints lived their lives will help us understand how we too can answer the "Call to More."

We can pray to saints to help us.

They are so close to God that he has given them the ability to help us directly.

Lucky Ducks

Thank YOU! All set for the year!

Thank you so much to our amazing families who have donated exceptionally awesome surprises for our Lucky Ducks "God Made You Day!" We are all set for the year!! Thank you again for your generosity!
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This Week @ OLA

Monday, September 27

  • Day One of Truth and Reconciliation Week
  • We learn a Cree Blessing Song in music class
  • Look for orange ribbons outside honouring Every Child Matters

Tuesday, September 28

  • An awesome day to answer the "Call to More"
  • Fort Saskatchewan Drumming Circle Practice @ OLA
  • Trail Tales Story (an outdoor story walk) of We Learn From the Sun by David Bouchard

Wednesday, September 29

  • Virtual Announcements
  • Drumming and Cree Blessing song with Mrs. Lukie and one of OLA's students
  • Bus Safety Practices in AM - Rescheduled
  • The making of Commitment Strings
  • Orange Shirt & Every Child Matters Day celebrated at OLA - Wear something orange!

Thursday, September 30

  • School Closed - National Truth & Reconciliation Day
  • A special take-home activity for you to do with your family will be coming your way
  • Join Mrs. Weller, Mme Gravelle, Mrs. Lukie and other members of Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association in honouring Truth and Reconciliation from 6-9pm for their online event.

Friday, October 1

  • Today and every day, we answer the "Call to More!"
  • Fort Saskatchewan Catholic School & Parish Connect
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Truth and Reconciliation Zoom Link

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 813 9848 5252
Passcode: 586659

For more information, please visit the Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association 's Facebook page @thefortsaskatchewanmulticulturalassociation

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Terry Fox Run

This year OLA's Terry Fox Run occurred in the afternoon of Monday, September 20th.

Way to go OLA Families!!

Total Donations Raised at OLA: $754.20.

Congratulations T/Th Kindergarten! They raised the most money and enjoyed a Freezie Party on Friday.

Thank you for your generosity and for your support in Terry's Marathon of Hope.

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Daily Screening Checklist - Recent changes

The Alberta Daily Screening tool has recently changed. A new question about household contacts has been added for both over 18 and under 18. This change will add clarity for how we handle student cases where there is a COVID positive case in the home. The new question reads as follows:

Has your child been a household contact of a case2 of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? A household contact: a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been in frequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.

If the answer is “YES” AND they are NOT fully immunized

:  Child should stay home and NOT attend school, childcare and/or other activities for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms. If your child has symptoms, proceed to question 2.

Thank you for continuing to ensure your review the checklist each day for symptoms before sending your child to school. Thank you also for ensuring children come to school with a mask. A few extras in the backpack is a great practice for this guideline.

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Volunteers & Guests

As mentioned in previous newsletters, we look forward to welcoming volunteers and guest speakers to OLA in October. We will do this together, and purposefully. When a volunteering opportunity arises, it will be communicated to you either in the Sunday newsletters or from your child's teacher. Volunteering will be purposeful in nature and initiated by OLA staff or School Council in collaboration with the OLA Leadership team (hot lunch for example). We will begin with limited or purposely structured interaction with children.

Volunteers will be required to complete the Daily Screening Checklist before arriving to the school. Volunteers will sign-in at the office and acknowledge their completion of the Daily Screening Checklist. Volunteers and guests and will be expected to wear a volunteer badge which indicates to staff and students that they have completed the checklist, signed-in at the office, and are at the school for a specific pre-arranged purpose. All volunteers will also follow all masking and health and safety protocols while at OLA.

Dropping off or picking up children, lunches or items will continue in the same fashion, and our exterior doors will remain secured.

The engagement of parents in their child's education is an integral element to the learning success of children. We are looking forward to welcoming back this partnership in a fashion that ensures the continued health and safety of our OLA community.

Together, we've got this!

Should you have any questions, please contact Mme Gravelle at 780-998-3716.

OLA & SAB Mentorship Program

Our mentorship partnership with St. André Bessette is so very beneficial for our children and theirs. It will continue to be a program that is wholeheartedly supported.

While this year's current context is preventing us from facilitating this program, it will be a yearly and amazing program that we plan to welcome again next year.

Outdoor Fun

Thank you for the awesome donations!

Children are so incredibly grateful and excitingly playing with the many amazing generous donations of soccer and basketballs, hula hoops and frisbees! The children are loving the plethora of equipment to choose from! Thank you for your generosity!

As we dive more into flexible seating in our classrooms and in the Library Learning Commons, we continue to accept donations of:

  • leather/faux leather foot stools
  • sturdy short shelves (average height of a desk)

Thank you in advance for your help and support! Feel free to drop items off at the school and connecting with us through our fancy new door intercom system!

Thank you! It takes a village and OLA's village is amazing!

Learning Disruption Grant

As in every school year, Grades 1-3 teachers work with students to assess and address literacy and math learning. Each year, we use the EICS Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks to determine areas which require focused support and set learning goals. However, the disruption to in-class learning during the Covid-19 pandemic may have resulted in some of our students not attaining the skills they would have in a regular year. As a result, targeted literacy and math assessments designed and supported by the division will be used with all students in Grades 1-3 as an extension to the classroom processes already in place to identify students who require additional intervention to develop their skills and close gaps.

Alberta Education has provided funding to support schools with staffing and resources for these supplementary interventions. Students in Grades 2-3 will complete specialized assessments in September and students in Grade 1 will be assessed later in the school year. Interventions in both groupings will begin shortly after the assessments are complete. Students identified as requiring additional support will receive 30 hours of supplementary programming in literacy and between 20-30 hours of support in numeracy in small group formats from specialized intervention teachers. During and after the intervention period, student progress will be monitored and communicated with classroom teachers and parents. A final communication of gains will also be provided to Alberta Education.

Once assessments are complete, we will communicate with parents of selected students prior to and throughout the intervention so we can work as a team in support of skill development.

Attendance Reporting Procedures

Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us - If your child is absent for any reason, please use the safe arrival website, Safe arrival mobile APP, call

1-877-246-9970 or leave a message on our voice mail. Attendance Reporting Procedures

A reminder for all families that the AHS Daily Assessment needs to be completed and actioned each morning prior to coming to school. If your child is experiencing symptoms and therefore staying at home, please select the following absence codes:

  1. “Flu-like symptoms”

  2. “other illness or injury” If they are experiencing symptoms that you do not deem to be flu-like, or your child has a medical appointment.

  3. “parent excused.” If your child is experiencing no symptoms at all, please choose this. The parent excused absence should only be chosen if you are keeping your child home for a reason that does not pertain to a medical issue. (i.e dance competition)

Questions? Please feel free to contact us at the school. We are happy to navigate through absences with you.

Grade Fours Get In on the Vote

Students in grade 4 also participated in a mock vote last Monday after reviewing candidates and their platforms. An excellent way to be actively involved in Canada's current events!
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See you on October 5th!

Exciting News Will Be Shared at our October 5th...Be there to hear it first!!

Virtual School Council meeting at 7:00pm!!

See you there!!

At our October 5th meeting will not only share exciting news, our 2021-2022 Executive Team will also be elected!

If you have a desire to make OLA the best it can be, as well as a little time to attend meetings and learn your role; you should consider nominating yourself to a position.

During the meeting you will have the opportunity to share with everyone why you feel you would be good for the position and if there are multiple people nominated for a position, all in attendance will take a vote.

If you think you may be interested in a role on the executive team and/or have questions please email the school council at

A link to this meeting will be sent out the day of the meeting and will arrive in your email inbox (thank you for checking your junkmail just it can it lands there). Be sure to check your junk mail, it sometimes ends up there.

Hope to see you all there!

Joining School Council allows you the opportunity to be in the know to work closely with parents, teachers and the school leadership team to plan and implement enhanced programming and special events for students and our school community!

A message from FSCSPS

OLA families we are excited to share some exciting news with you at our virtual Annual General Meeting on Tuesday Oct 19th at 7pm.

A link will be sent to your email the morning of the meeting. Please remember to check your junk mail if you cannot find it.

Hope to see you there!

Fort Saskatchewan Catholic Schools Playground Society

Kindergarten Center Time

Looking Ahead...

Looking Further Ahead...

October 5
  • World Teacher Day
  • Virtual School Council Meeting & Elections - 7:00pm

October 6

  • Early Dismissal - 2:19 pm
October 7
  • Grade 1 & 2 Fire Safety Presentations

October 11

  • Thanksgiving Day - No School

October 14

  • Picture Day - T/Th Kindergarten and Grade 1 - 4
  • T/Th Kindergarten Teachers Pet Field Trip

October 15

  • M/W Kindergarten Teachers Pet Field Trip

November 17

  • Picture Day M/W Kindergarten and retakes for Grade 1 - 4

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Parenting Through Connections

Families First Society in Fort Saskatchewan is offering a 6 week program, Parenting Through Connections. Please refer to the PDF below for more information.
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